I was born in Newman Hospital. Mum, Dad, Nanna and Pop lived in Jigalong before, but they moved into town before I was born. I’m one of seven children. I grew up in Newman, this is my home. I like to travel but I worry about home.
I teach cultural awareness with KJ [Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa Rangers] and help the YMCA with youth programs. I work at Martumili too, helping to sell the paintings and get the canvas ready.
I’m [also] a Martumili artist. I come to Martumili to paint about my Country, where my grandfather walked around and collected food, and visited the same rockholes I do. I paint to keep my culture and stories and share with others. Sometimes I paint with my nanna Jakayu [Biljabu]. I learn from her a little bit. My skin name is Milangka and Kaalpa [Kalypa, Canning Stock Route Well 23] is my grandfather Country. I was really happy to go see my grandfather’s Country – pukurlpa [happy]. When I paint I feel like it’s home. Doing it on the canvas, feel like I’m standing there back at home.